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Mamas with Hypothyroidism
by Anonymous
January 17, 2013 at 8:05 AM
Okay, I was in a hospital in December for heart palpitations and while they were trying to find the cause, they tested my thyroid. (Because hyperthyroidism can cause it. I ended up with tachycardia) My TSH (I think thats what it is) level was 6.8. My general doctor is now sending me to an endocrinologist. I have a few questions

1) What will the endocrinologist do? What tests will he/she run?
2) How long after starting the medicine did you notice a difference?
3) Have you lost any weight while on it?

TY in advance :)

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  • edelweiss23
    January 17, 2013 at 8:07 AM
    My daughter has hypothyroid.

    They do a physical exam as well as blood work. It takes about 4-6 weeks for her to notice a change when they tweak her meds.
  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster
    January 17, 2013 at 8:08 AM
    Thanks!


    Quoting edelweiss23:

    My daughter has hypothyroid.



    They do a physical exam as well as blood work. It takes about 4-6 weeks for her to notice a change when they tweak her meds.

  • WarriorMum
    January 17, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Hi
    I have Hypo..
    1) they will take a history and blood work to find your hormone levels
    2) it can take up to 6 weeks before  you see a difference in you levels. It will take some time, with tweaking, to bring you up to the levels you need

    3) I found by the 6th week that my weight began to steadily drop.

    Other info: When my levels are dropping, i gain weight, chronic fatigue, hair thinning, dry skin, palpitations, dry/sore throat/hisly voice etc kick start all over again.

    For further reference, if having CT/MRI with Contrast, please make sure the radiologist is aware that you have Thyroid issues. I hadn't a clue about this problem until this year when I was given 2 batches of Iodine that fried my thyroid completely resulting in a Thyroid storm.

    You will be in medication for the rest of your life and it is easily managed if you take your medication everyday.

  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster
    January 17, 2013 at 8:21 AM
    Thank you! I have noticed all of those symptoms. (Dry skin and inability to lose weight have been the most noticeable.) I just kind of brushed them off.


    Quoting WarriorMum:

    Hi
    I have Hypo..
    1) they will take a history and blood work to find your hormone levels
    2) it can take up to 6 weeks before  you see a difference in you levels. It will take some time, with tweaking, to bring you up to the levels you need

    3) I found by the 6th week that my weight began to steadily drop.

    Other info: When my levels are dropping, i gain weight, chronic fatigue, hair thinning, dry skin, palpitations, dry/sore throat/hisly voice etc kick start all over again.

    For further reference, if having CT/MRI with Contrast, please make sure the radiologist is aware that you have Thyroid issues. I hadn't a clue about this problem until this year when I was given 2 batches of Iodine that fried my thyroid completely resulting in a Thyroid storm.

    You will be in medication for the rest of your life and it is easily managed if you take your medication everyday.


  • WarriorMum
    January 17, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    If you have any other questions feel free to ask me

    Quoting Anonymous:

    Thank you! I have noticed all of those symptoms. (Dry skin and inability to lose weight have been the most noticeable.) I just kind of brushed them off.


    Quoting WarriorMum:

    Hi
    I have Hypo..
    1) they will take a history and blood work to find your hormone levels
    2) it can take up to 6 weeks before  you see a difference in you levels. It will take some time, with tweaking, to bring you up to the levels you need

    3) I found by the 6th week that my weight began to steadily drop.

    Other info: When my levels are dropping, i gain weight, chronic fatigue, hair thinning, dry skin, palpitations, dry/sore throat/hisly voice etc kick start all over again.

    For further reference, if having CT/MRI with Contrast, please make sure the radiologist is aware that you have Thyroid issues. I hadn't a clue about this problem until this year when I was given 2 batches of Iodine that fried my thyroid completely resulting in a Thyroid storm.

    You will be in medication for the rest of your life and it is easily managed if you take your medication everyday.



  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    January 17, 2013 at 8:38 AM
    I have the opposite. Mines hyperactive. The only meds I take are for high blood pressure. When mines started acting up I weighted 170 and lost 50 pounds in just under a year from it.

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